What you need to know about a massage for infants in the home
Newborn children, due to their physiological characteristics, have a very weak spine and an inadequately developed muscular corset. To help the crumb to adapt quickly to environmental conditions and master the necessary skills, parents need to pay special attention to its physical loads. The most important role in daily sessions is played by massage for infants. Consider the types and basic techniques of manipulation at home.
Massage for the newborn is similar to training an adult in the gym, and results in approximately the same results, but adjusted for age:
- Stimulation of muscle tone. Even a relaxing massage for babies is a big load that affects the body.
- Blood flows to all systems of organs, providing them with enhanced nutrition, which contributes to proper development and rapid growth. Improvements in blood circulation help to avoid pressure sores and mechanical damage to the skin in infants, whom parents swaddle.
- The child develops faster. After a massage course lasting 10 days, even a lagging kid begins to actively show his new skills.
- Communicate with a crumb. The procedure performed by parents is an additional opportunity to spend time together, and with benefit for all. Body contact, calming mother’s speech, her explanations about what she does necessarily will benefit the child.
- Elimination of pathologies. Massage is often prescribed to infants with increased intracranial pressure, hypertonic or hypotonic muscle, dysplasia, lag in physical development.
- Normalization of the stool with manual influence on the abdomen.
By this age, the child is already trying to keep his head in the position lying on his stomach, smiling and laughing. The skin becomes not so tender, so you can add the following movements:
- light shaking.
Spreading the crumb on the side, holding on to the legs, you can hold your hand along the back along the spine, it will respond in a reflex reflex to it - this exercise strengthens the muscles of the back. You can start to prepare the baby for crawling: laying on the stomach, placing his legs and letting him feel how he rests against the hand of his mother or father.
By this age, muscle tone almost completely disappears, the child confidently holds his head in an upright position. Now the main task is to learn how to turn over from the abdomen to the back and vice versa. The main exercises that you can add are:
- Dancing. The toddler is taken under the arms and allowed to push off from the table or floor, feeling the support.
- Overturning. Throat should be put on the barrel, turn his leg, as if he himself turned over on his tummy, tighten the handle, show that he must finish the exercise. Then the child will complete it himself. As an incentive, you can use bright objects and favorite toys.
- Lifting the handle. In the palm crumbs put on one finger, after grabbing the parent raises it, as if planting.
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